Clear Path empowers military members, veterans, and their families through traditional and non-traditional, wellness-enhancing programming delivered in a safe and family-centered environment, while integrating community-based programs and services into a holistic network of supportive resources spanning central and upstate New York.
Tweet FEATURED NEWSWarrier Reset Canceled May 25, June 22 Welch Allyn 5k & Family Run, Sat July 20, benefitting ClearPath
Visit their website for online or mail in regisitration, http://welchallyn5k.com .
Keller Williams Red Day
To all those who participated in Keller Williams Red Day, we at Clear Path for Veterans would like to thank you and your staff for transforming our property into a beautiful picnic and recreation area. The overwhelming support of your organization was felt throughout the day and we cannot thank you enough. A special thanks to Sarah and Eric for their incredible dedication to the project. Thanks for showing what a supportive community for our veterans looks AND feels like.
John Ready, The Mission Continues, Joins the ClearPath Team
Clear Path for Veterans Welcomes John Ready, our Mission Continues fellow to our Clear Path Team. He served in Iraq with the U.S. Army from 2003-2004, as the Executive Officer of the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion based in Utica. Their mission was to manage the rebuilding of key infrastructure projects outside the Baghdad International Airport perimeter. John is leaving a new "service footprint" in his community by helping us at Clear Path serve our military community. Thank you John and The Mission Continues.
Watch The Mission Continues on The Daily Show Spring is Here at ClearPath
Steve Kinne has been walking the trails at ClearPath and shares some of the beautiful early wildflowers for you below. We hope to have some of our bird watching photos in the near future.
The first spring flower to appear back in the woods at Clear Path, "Spring Beauties" are just that.
The second spring wildflower to make it’s appearance in the woods at Clear Path was the "Trout Lily."
After searching the forest floor and all the Trillium beds for several days, I found the first White Trillium in bloom (Tues, 23 April 2013). There are lots more Trillium getting ready to bloom, so take a walk in the woods over the next week or two. But be prepared for finding deer ticks whenever you are waking in the leaf debris/brushy areas!
And if the white "Spring Beauties" seen the week before weren’t enough to satisfy your need for some color, how about these showing a blush of violet? (23 April 2013)
Oh, sweet! After only finding one red trillium on the property all last year, I was overjoyed to find one growing right on the newest trail on the property, built as part of Graham Ritchie’s Eagle Scout Project (the green marked trail). This was an early bloomer also, finding it on 23 April 2013.
The Legacy of Maddy Spicer (Melissa Spicer, Co-Founder)
February 28, 2001 – April 7, 2013
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened." Anatole France
Maddy Spicer lived to the lucky age 13. She died April 7, 2013 from an aggressive cancer in her spleen. Humans define legacy, as ". . . a gift of property by will or testament. The term is used to denote the disposition of either personal or real property in the event of death." Maddy’s legacy has a different value, beginning with her own family. Adopted during a time of personal grief, Maddy’s wonderful personality was quickly identified by a veterinarian technician as a great "teacher."
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Encouraged to combine her business experience with her passion, this veterinarian technician finally convinced Maddy’s adopted mother to consider making a career change. Within one year, Maddy’s adopted mother, Melissa, opened Syracuse’s original doggie daycare and positive reinforcement training center and an incredible journey of personal restoration began. Maddy’s gentle personality offered moments of joy, comfort and laughter not only for humans but for dogs and puppies as well.
Certified as a therapy dog and known for her ability to communicate with people and dogs, Maddy set the stage for Melissa to begin training, teaching young and old the benefits of positive reinforcement training and the wonderful lessons to be learned from being "non-combative" when trying to get what we want. One moment at a time, Maddy comforted, taught, loved, nurtured, played, welcomed, scolded and forgave. Maddy offered trust, created trust and in her short life, she opened the heart and soul of not only her own family, but thousands of others as well. After 10 years of successful dog training, Melissa met Steve Kinne, whose own journey included his canine companion, Princess. Had it not been for the heart of these two dogs, Clear Path for Veterans would not have been born. Maddy truly awakened the soul of her family and thankfully lead them on a path to find others who would understand its importance and impact. While Clear Path for Veterans offers more than "just" dog programs, our programs are . . . . just because of a dog.
Legacy of Maddy Spicer PDF
Canteen Grand Opening (Wednesdays 10am-2pm) enlarge
At the grand opening of our Clear Path Canteen Marines with 4th LAR 4th Marine Division, and Korean War Marine Corps veteran Joseph Owen pose for a photo. The Clear Path Canteen is modeled after the famous "North Platte, Nebraska Canteen" that was formed during WWII for service members passing through on trains. The Canteen takes place every Wednesday from 10-2.
Coffee and Snacks 9am-11am
FREE to veterans and their families!
Every Wednesday starting Feb 13 Flyer (PDF)